Safer Internet Day is a global day at the beginning of February each year, encourage people (especially students) to stay safe online.
Over the last few years, the Office of eSafety Commissioner, conduct an online webinar for schools with students of years 4-6 levels. These webinars are great as they are interactive and informative.
This year’s webinar’s theme “A better internet begins with you!” encouraged the students to make the internet a positive space to enjoy. Internet use was likened to playing sport. An email from Digital Learning informed us that there were more than 500 logins to the webinar with 17,200 students attending virtually. Time was given for students to discuss given questions and scenarios, the results then placed in the chat area of Adobe Connect. The updates certainly came in at great speed due to the number involved.
Students were each asked to make a pledge on how they could make the internet a positive place. Students in grade 4-6 made their pledges at the completion of the webinar.
Another great webinar with Greg Gebhart presenting, illustrating the power that technology can bring to the classroom.
Many valuable online resources can be found from the Australian eSafety Commissioner’s website for teachers, the classroom, parents and community members.